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Nell [DVD] [1995]

Jodie Foster , Liam Neeson , Michael Apted    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Richard Libertini, Nick Searcy
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Mark Handley, William Nicholson
  • Producers: Jodie Foster, Graham Place, Renée Missel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009B0OB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,128 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, a young woman (Jodie Foster) lives completely isolated from modern civilization and other human beings. A local doctor (Liam Neeson) discovers her, and tries to understand her unique language and behaviour, whilst protecting her from a hostile world. Foster recieved Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her performance.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
While Hollywood is filled with movie stars, it can boast of only a scant few bona fide actresses. Jodie Foster, the consummate professional, is the cream of that small crop, and I respect no other actor or actress on earth as much as I respect her. Nell is a testament to her unlimited talent as well as her unmatched commitment to what she does. The character of Nell is a role most actresses would never consider taking; it's a far too difficult challenge to meet for a film that holds little promise to bring in money hand over fist. For Jodie Foster, though, what matters is the story to be told, not the glamour or the projected box office receipts. She gives an absolutely amazing performance in this film, one that has deserved far more attention than it has received. If Nell is mentioned at all, it is almost always in reference to Jodie's Foster nudity in the film, and I would like to say straight out that her nudity is very tastefully done, important if not absolutely necessary for the story, and in no way provocative.
Nell is a poignant, emotional drama that saddens as well as inspires you; it is the kind of tearjerker in which your tears of empathy and concern are accented by a smile and sense of heartwarming joy. The story is set deep in the wilderness of western North Carolina, where an old woman has lived for years all by herself. People always thought she lived alone, at least, until she died and the local doctor discovered a pitiful woman-child hiding inside the shack, the only home she had ever known. Nell's mother had suffered a stroke many years earlier and spoke with a pronounced speech impediment; as a result, Nell speaks a tongue that is almost completely foreign to both the local doctor and the psychiatric professional he calls in from Charlotte. Dr.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Roger Boon VINE VOICE
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I bought the DVD of this film, which I was completely unaware of, because of the previous excellent review.Jodie Foster's performance as Nell made an almost incredible character totally believable. How she didn't get an oscar for her performance says more about the oscars than about the enormous range and empathy of this superb actress.She was assisted by a wonderful complementary and vulnerable performance from Liam Neesom and the sensitive exploration of a very difficult subject by Michael Apted. I found myself crying without immediately understanding why. I then realised that the film had plumbed the depths of my humanity to levels I did not realise existed. It confronted the question of what it is to be a fully individual human being going beyond our place in a so called civilised society to our almost instinctive spiritual responses to the natural world and to relationship. This is a truly deep and rewarding film which deserves a wide audience. My only criticism is that the transition to Nell's independence was hurried towards the end in the interests of dramatic denouement.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out the tissues 17 May 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the most emotional films I have ever seen. Nell (Jodie Foster) and her dead twin sister were the result of a rape which led their mother to hide in the woods. There Nell and her mother lived alone, cut off from civilisation. Her mother suffered a stroke which caused her abnormal speech which passed onto Nell, who in turn created a language of her own.
When her mother dies, Nell is found by Jerome (Liam Neeson) and Paula (Natasha Richardson), the first instinct is to put her into a mental unit. But Jerome is determined to protect her and decided to learn Nell's language so she can have the freedom to say whether she stays int he woods or goes into the hospital. All this leads to a glorious climax, where the tissues definetly come in.....
This is one of the best films Ive seen in a long time. Jodie Foster was robbed and should have won a 3rd Best Actress Oscar for this film. Liam and Natasha prove themselves to be great actors but it is Jodie who shines as the vulnerable but wise woman who teaches us the goodness of not living in our sort of civilisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nell - Jodie Foster 9 Sep 2008
tHIS IS MY FIRST EVER DVD REVIEW. I had to take the time to reccomend this golden nugget of a film. I'm raving about it to my friends because its outstanding.

Got Nell after reading reviews and have to say its now in my top 10 all time greats, this is not just great film it I think its one of the best films I've ever seen. Foster has never delivered a better performance. mesmerizing, captivating and deeply moving, you find yourself sucked into the story, I've had to watch the film again and again and again, each time the story just goes deeper and gets richer with meaning and understanding.

How Jodie Foster manages to articulate the broken 'Nell' language so convincingly is amazing, when you re watch the film you realize its not just random but she's using but real dialog. Great performances from the rest of the cast as well. A MUST WATCH MOVIE. BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!! 10 April 2006
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Jodie Foster has always been one of my favourite actresses and she is truly talented, but I don't think she'll ever beat her performance in Nell. I really don't know how she didn't win an Oscar! Even when she's not communicating in a language all her own, her facial expressions and bodily actions are just remarkable. If you don't cry or at least get emotional during this film, you must be dead inside.
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Published 17 days ago by Josie Surgenor
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Naive.
Excellent acting by all involved but Nell's acclimatization to modern life after having been isolated her entire life seemed to be too smooth especially her acceptance of the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by David H J Ashdown
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Great item, perfect condition. Fast delivery. Thank you!
Published 2 months ago by T L DICKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars I love having this film again as previously had on vhs
I love having this film again as previously had on vhs, it was a favourite of the whole family .
Published 2 months ago by caroline Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars drama
Most unusual film. Great story Lovely to see Natasha Richardson again. RIP. and of Liam is always great. Incredible acting especially by Jodie Foster. Deserved an Oscar for it.
Published 5 months ago by David Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars JODIE AT HER VERY BEST
Published 6 months ago by lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Jodie Foster & Natasha Richardson are brilliant.
I absolutely love this film. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry & all of the performances are absolutely phenomenal. Couldn't fault it!
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Andrew J. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars jodie does it again
a splendid performance by Jodie, very moving and well produced movie. a lovely watch for film buffs. very recommended. a great addition to my collection.
Published 12 months ago by mervyn
5.0 out of 5 stars up to Jodie Foster high standard.
an unusual film and Liam Nielson was really good in it, kept you waiting till the end to see what happened, I guessed early on she was a twin.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. I. Ward
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